Document ReferencePl C 52/31
TitleCopy letter from [W.H.C. Bentinck] 3rd Duke of Portland, Bulstrode, Buckinghamshire to [J. Rolle] 2nd Baron Rolle; 9 Apr. 1801
Date9 April 1801
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionThanks the baron for his letter [Pl C 52/142]; mentions the good effects the baron's presence produced, which was shown by the demonstration in the market place at Great Torrington and the disappointment of the only potential troublemaker there; is pleased the inhabitants wrote their bill [Pl C 52/143], but wholly condemns their use of the word 'reasonable' when talking about food prices; sees this mistaken assumption as central in the recent disturbances; argues that people must understand that farmers have the same right as any other tradesman to fix prices for their own goods.

Predicts that the engagement at Bideford 'will produce an antidote to its own poison', and that the town will be the first to complain about the lack of supplies for its market and increased prices; was concerned at Rolle's observation to the complaint of John Man [Pl C 52/145], but knows that he will make good use of the discretionary powers that General Simcoe has given him.
Termcivil disorder, Devon 1801
economic affairs, food prices

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA41331Simcoe; - (fl 1801-1802); Lieutenant Generalfl 1801-1802
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
NA41332Rolle; John (1756-1842); 2nd Baron Rolle1756-1842
PL38581/Great Torrington/Devon/England
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